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Dec 7, 2013 7:00am PST
, president obama decried growing income inequality and lack of economic mobility calling it the defining issue of our time. he promised that it would be the core fight of his next three years in office. >> the idea that so many children are born into poverty in the wealthiest nation on sert heartbreaking enough. but the idea that a child may never be able to escape that poverty because she lacks a decent education or health care or a community that views her future as their own, that should offend all of us. and it should compel us to action. we are a better country than this. >> the numbers show that the reality, what president obama called the fundamental threat to the american dream, has been growing increasingly dire for decades. the richest americans have steadily take an bigger share of the country's income. the wealthiest 10% make more than half of all income in the united states. and it hasn't always been this way. just take a look at this chart. for decades what you are seeing there in the '50s through the '70s, in those years the rich earned about 30-some-odd percent of the nei
Dec 8, 2013 7:00am PST
! and only five years after president obama's election had ended it the first time. i mean, a tweet at 9:58 a.m., at the gop -- excuse me, from @gop, the republican national committee read, today we remember rosa parks' bold stand and her role in ending racism. ending racism? i mean, that seemed like something we should have heard about. 58 years after rosa parks refused to give up her seat on that montgomery, alabama, bus, now the rnc had a much better-worded statement on their site. and they did send a follow-up tweet hours later that indicated what had happened. they meant to say, "her role in fighting to end racism." but it was too late, because femmenista jones, the writer, had created the hashtag, racism ended when, giving credit to bill clinton and even some of their best friends. but this is just more laughing to keep from crying. all of this was the latest example of how a country, our country, is still unable to properly discuss race, in a society increasingly forgettable about structural racism and the way it pervades our nation. we noticed the flashpoints of horror, the
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